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Don't worry Mission: Impossible fans, everything is fine. After a bit of a contract dispute over how much of a small fortune Tom Cruise should be paid for the upcoming sixth movie in the Mission Impossible franchise, things have reportedly been worked out and all is well. Mission: Impossible 6 is on track to start shooting in Spring of next year and pre-production has resumed.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that negotiations between Tom Cruise and the studio have gone well and that he is about to close his deal for the movie. Tom Cruise has been starring in and co-producing the action franchise ever since the first installment hit theaters in 1996. Mission Impossible has turned into an absolute behemoth at the box office with the last two installments, so naturally, Cruise wanted his cut to match what the movies were bringing in. Luckily, Skydance and Paramount, who are co-financing the movie, »
It was four short years ago that Disney tightened their grip on our collective pop culture nostalgia. Having already secured Marvel Entertainment, the House of Mouse turned their all-seeing eye to Lucasfilm. On October 30, 2012 the acquisition announcement was made and the rest is now history. At the time fans were leery of the purchase, worried that Star Wars would become sanitized to bring in the all-mighty dollar of the preschool set. But while those fears have since been laid to rest with the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the merger wasn’t without its hiccups and casualties. One of them being an untitled sci-fi project by Max Landis, who was riding high off on the buzz Chronicle back in early 2012. First reported by Variety in January of 2012, the space adventure was axed as being “too similar” once they had Star Wars in their pocket. SlashFilm brought this tidbit »
- Donna Dickens
It used to be, movies surprised us when we took our seats. We didn’t have so many sources for news and trailers a decade or so back. On Tuesdays, Warner Bros screened new films after hours and one night, the DC Comics crew filed in to see an animated feature called The Iron Giant. We didn’t know much about it or Brad Bird, the man behind it.
We were utterly charmed. None of us knew Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man book it was based on but found the 1950s setting perfect, and the old style animation well-done. Best, it had heart and soul and humor and a robot who wants to be Superman. What’s not to love?
Warner moved the release date so late in the process that tie-ins missed the opening and the marketing wasn’t what it should have been. As a result, this modern day classic withered and vanished. »
- Robert Greenberger
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Despite a loose script that justifies little, Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up feature to his glorious melodrama I Am Love is a sweaty, kinetic, dangerously unpredictable ride of a film. One is frustrated by the final stroke of genius that never came, but boy was it fun to spend two hours inside such a whirlwind of desires, mind games, delirious sights and sounds. Based on the 1969 French drama La piscine (The Swimming Pool »
- The Film Stage
One day in the early 80s, I was with my girlfriend in a shopping mall. Somehow I had been relegated to the role of sidekick while she shopped. I liked to do a lot of things with her, but shopping wasn’t high on that list. I was bored so I decided to buy a comic book to read while she shopped.
Back then I was enjoying a lot of comics and purchasing them every week at Kim’s Collectible Comics and Records. But one store in that mall had a spinner rack filled with comics, and I knew I could snag an issue that I had missed.
I evaluated the comics available on that rack and hoped that one would be my salvation from the dreariness of shopping. I reached out for Swamp Thing #21, and was surprised to find an unfamiliar writer wrote it. I decided to give it a try nonetheless. »
- Ed Catto
Brad Bird's timeless The Iron Giant featuring the voice talent of Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick, Jr. is finally making its Blu-ray debut this month over a decade after the high definition format debuted. The official release date is September 6th for this newly remastered classic and also marks the debut of a new Signature Edition cut on Blu-ray and DVD.
Warner Bros. has offered us three copies of The Iron Giant Signature Edition Blu-ray that we will award to three winners of this contest. Take your shot at winning one of them by filling out and submitting the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.
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Winner of nine Annie Awards, »
The Incredibles 2 is finally happening. But don't expect it to follow the original. This one is going to be much different, at least according to original director Brad Bird. This November will mark the 12th anniversary of Pixar's The Incredibles, an animated adventure about superhero movies that, at the time, out-grossed several live-action superhero movies. The Incredibles took in $261.4 million domestically and $633 million worldwide, which is more than the worldwide totals of Hulk ($245.3 million), Daredevil ($179.1 million) and The Punisher ($54.7 million) combined. Naturally, those three live action movies represented the low-end of the superhero spectrum back then, but a lot has changed since The Incredibles hit the big screen. And it's amazing it has taken this long to get a sequel ready. Director Brad Bird recently offered some new updates on this sequel in a recent interview.
The writer-director revealed back in September that he had almost finished work on the script, »
Pixar may be cooking up an onslaught of original feature films beyond 2019, but make no mistake, The Incredibles 2 remains one of the most eye-catching releases on the studio’s current slate.
It’s earmarked for launch on June 21, 2019 – three long, long years away – but that hasn’t stopped director Brad Bird from dropping piecemeal hints here and there. The latest of which comes to us via Entertainment Weekly, where Bird noted that the sequel is “very actively moving, and we’re excited about it. [We’re] trying to take it in some new directions.”
Don’t read into that “new directions” part too much, however; the filmmaker is referring more to the difficult balancing act that comes hand-in-hand with crafting a sequel of any kind. Bird clarified the comment as so: “Hopefully it’s the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction. I mean, that’s the trick with a sequel. »
- Michael Briers
Hopefully, you didn’t see that headline and rush to read this article hoping for any kind of solid information about the long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles, which remains one of the best superhero movies ever made. After all, The Incredibles 2 is still three years away from its June 21, 2019 release date and while […]
- Jacob Hall
It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since The Incredibles graced the silver screen, giving audiences what's widely regarded one of the best superhero stories. It may have taken a few years more than we'd like, but writer/director Brad Bird is finally working with Pixar on a sequel. He took a moment to give a small update to Entertainment Weekly regarding the status of The Incredibles 2, of which... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Speaking to Entertanment Weekly, director Brad Bird was careful not to give away any spoilers regarding the plot of The Incedibles 2 but did reveal that he's made significant progress on the story. “I don’t like unwrapping presents before Christmas,” said the Tomorrowland and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol director. He continued, "It’s very actively moving, and we’re excited about it. [We’re] trying to take it in some new directions. Hopefully it’s the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction. I mean, that’s the trick with a sequel. It’s repeating yourself, without repeating yourself." The Incredibles 2 is currently slated to arrive in theaters on June 21, 2019. It will compete against the Justice League sequel (06/14/19) and Transformers 7 (06/28/19) during the Summer box office season. »
While doing the promo rounds for he Blu-ray release of his first movie, The Iron Giant, EW got a chance to speak to director Brad Bird about the status of The Incredibles 2. It's been 12 years since Bird has revisited everyone’s favorite super family, and Pixar, of course is keeping story details tightly under wraps. Bird managed to briefly say something about the project.
Bird isn’t ready to reveal any plot or character details:
"I don’t like unwrapping presents before Christmas. It’s very actively moving, and we’re excited about it. [We’re] trying to take it in some new directions"
“Hopefully it’s the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction. I mean, that’s the trick with a sequel. It’s repeating yourself, without repeating yourself.”
The Incredibles 2 scheduled to hit theaters on June 21, 2019. »
- Kellvin Chavez
“You’re different!” So says an old colleague (Michelle Yeoh) who hasn’t seen Arthur Bishop, the mission-improbable hitman in “Mechanic: Resurrection,” for a long time. “Older,” he replies, coming out and stating the obvious. In fact, Jason Statham doesn’t merely look older than he did when he last played Arthur Bishop, in the 2011 thriller “The Mechanic.” He looks leaner and meaner, more squinty with resolve, more brutally and methodically sociopathic. With his hair cropped closer than usual, Statham has become a total bullet-head, a human ice pick — a machine of death.
For a while now, Jason Statham has been the thinking man’s smart/dumb B-movie action star. His films, or at least a lot of them, swim around in the grindhouse muck of bloodsport and revenge, a genre that has spawned such brooding blocks of wood as Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris. But Statham, unlike most action-pulp icons, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Many sports documentaries focus on the inspirational story of an individual or a team overcoming great odds to achieve greatness, but few examine one particular position on a team, especially one so misunderstood and controversial. The new documentary “Ice Guardians” journeys into the lives of those who perform undoubtedly the toughest job within the National Hockey League today: The enforcer, an unofficial role whose job it is to deter and respond to violent play by the opposition.
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Few understand this position and even fewer appreciate what is involved in becoming one. Born out of self policing an inherently violent game, the role now faces the scrutiny of national newspapers, blogs, and TV news casts. Due to its violent nature, it has drawn opinions from both fans and critics alike. But what led to its spectacular rise? What purpose does it really serve? »
- Vikram Murthi
The modern movie landscape can make some people feel like the best days of film are behind us. With remakes, reboots and adaptations very abundant, and original movies seemingly not raking it in at the box office, that is an understandable sentiment. But the BBC felt like there are a lot of recent movies worth celebrating, and that is why they set out to make a list of the 100 greatest movies of the 21st century. The list they came up with is nothing if not interesting, and it is definitely a reminder that there are a lot of great movies that have been made in the last 16 years.
BBC published the list on Tuesday morning, after taking months to put it all together. In order to come up with this list, they used nearly 200 critics from both print and online publications, as well as academics and curators. The contributors that were used spanned the globe, »
Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.
Read More: The Best Movies of the 21st Century, According to IndieWire’s Film Critics
Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »
- Vikram Murthi
Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016
A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?
Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.
BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily.
What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »
Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.
The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).
- Jordan Raup
Somehow, Mission: Impossible is one of those few series that gets better with each new entry. After the utterly humorless Mission: Impossible III, the series took a more lighthearted turn with Brad Bird's live-action debut, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. That trend continued in last year's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which was directed by Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie.
Reception for Rogue Nation was universally praised by fans and critics alike, and Paramount Pictures seemed to take that as a hint that they should capitalize on its success by beginning production on the next film in the franchise as soon as humanly possible with the same director attached -- which is a series first. The film was set to begin production this fall, but now a report from Deadline seems to indicate that the next Mission: Impossible film may be facing its first obstacle.
According to the outlet, »
- Joseph Medina
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The most fascinating part of Steve Hoover‘s latest documentary Almost Holy is how its subject Gennadiy Mokhnenko parallels the life of well-known Russian cartoon Krokodil Gena. The latter deals with a lonely crocodile zoo worker named Gena and his friend Cheburashka: a young, abandoned creature rejected by the establishment employing him. The two therefore construct a home for the lonely as »
- The Film Stage
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